Song of the Week
Song: A Man Named Job by Ryan Proudfoot
Free Life Coaching and Emotional Crisis Management
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I Am in Trouble
When we’re in trouble, we usually turn to our family, friends, or pastor. Other than turning to the big G, sometimes, we turn to the other big G for help – Google.
In order for you to lead a purposeful life, you need to start drawing your encouragement from somewhere healthy, somewhere sustainable. It can’t be from other people because people will always fall short. Neither can it be from Google, despite having billions of search results every day. (Please don’t kick me out of your search results, Google).
To help you grow into a better you, let’s take a look at a common pitfall.
We have a dependency on the people around you.
Let me clarify that it is okay to turn to someone for help when you’re in need. We are social animals who are wired to stay together and draw help from one another. We need that human touch to make us feel better instantly; physical touch is a powerful thing.
Although it is okay to ask someone for comfort, it is not okay to confide in them as if you worship them.
The trick is to turn to them after turning to God. Keep God first place.
In the midst of an emotional crisis, we need to seek the Lord first and confide in Him for He is our formidable fortress. And after we have made our peace with God, it is time to ask someone for a hug.
The pitfall is that it is so easy to keep God out of the picture. Surely, the embrace of another person is more obvious than the subtle whispers from God after midnight. Yet, who’s going to keep you company at 3 in the morning.
None but God.
A slippery slope when you depend on people is that you might sin in the middle of it.
A lot of us know someone that uses sex as a way to distract themselves from their troubles. It can also be other vices like drugs, smoking (including e-cigarettes), alcohol, and gambling. The list goes on. There are as many vices as there are excuses to not turn to God.
These things are unsustainable.
How do you tell if something is unsustainable?
If their origin is of a worldly process.
People are not included because reproduction is not a man-made process.
An Unlikely Source of Help
In the Book of Joshua, he sent the two spies
“1 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.”
– Joshua 2:1 NIV
These two spies were in trouble when they went to Jericho. The king wanted to capture them and kill them.
So, who came to their rescue? Rahab the Prostitute.
Sometimes, God sends unlikely people along the way to help you.
Who would ever think that God would use a prostitute to help fulfill God’s promises?
Yet, God also uses me and you to fulfill his purpose.
“23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
– Romans 3:23 KJV
Sometimes, God sends people whom you don’t know to save you.
Because unexpected help comes looking for you when you seek God first.
Rahab didn’t know Joshua. And Joshua sure didn’t know Rahab. Yet, they had a mutual friend that hooked them up. Someone who was the most famous person on Earth. Someone who knew how to meet their needs with each other’s needs.
Someone named Yahweh.
Call to Action
Don’t wait till you’re in trouble to follow God because the day of trouble is inevitable.
It will always, without fail, come.
But so will God. God will always come to your aid when you need to, even when you can’t feel it or can’t see it.
So, in your emotional crises, cry out of God even before you post it on Instagram.
God bless you and keep God in the center of your heart.
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